What if an electrified Mahindra XUV700 is in the pipeline?

What if an electrified Mahindra XUV700 is in the pipeline?


Electrification is certainly the way forward for every automaker around the world. Likewise our local car manufacturer, Mahindra & Mahindrahas stepped up its electric journey by announcing it will invest up to INR 3,000 crore in its EV business over the next three years. This is on top of the INR 1,700 crore that Mahindra has already invested in its electrification plans in India, along with INR 500 crore they have invested in a new research and development (R&D) center. With plans like this, we wonder if the automaker would develop electrified versions of its modern offerings, particularly the Mahindra XUV700.

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Electrification is certainly the way forward for every automaker around the world. Likewise our local car manufacturer, Mahindra & Mahindrahas stepped up its electric journey by announcing it will invest up to INR 3,000 crore in its EV business over the next three years. This is on top of the INR 1,700 crore that Mahindra has already invested in its electrification plans in India, along with INR 500 crore they have invested in a new research and development (R&D) center. With plans like this, we wonder if the automaker would develop electrified versions of its modern offerings, particularly the Mahindra XUV700.

This new investment will mainly be used to develop a new dedicated EV platform, which will be a first for an Indian automaker. This new platform will be developed using the various capabilities of the Mahindra Group – Mahindra’s Technical Center in Detroit, Pininfarina Automobile and even Formula E – and is used to underpin several models. Mahindra and Mahindra have also stated that they are open to all types of alliances and partnerships for the development of future electric vehicles.

Mahindra E Kuv100 Front Three Quarter Auto Expo 2Mahindra already has the eKUV100 – based on the MESMA platform – on offer for commercial buyers in India.

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In terms of EV infrastructure, Mahindra already has an electrical engineering plant in Bangalore that makes battery packs, power electronics and motors. The company has also invested in a new manufacturing facility at its Chakan facility to manufacture electric vehicles. However, the automaker admits that it will take some time for the EV business to develop in India as the infrastructure doesn’t kick in until the operating costs are equal.

Mahindra E Xuv300 Concept Front Three Quarter LefMahindra is also expected to launch the electric version of the XUV300 in about a year.

And that leaves us to speculate about the upcoming models that this particular EV platform might support. Mahindra had already presented some compact electric vehicles at Auto Expo 2020 – the eKUV100 and the eXUV300. The eKUV100 is currently only available for commercial buyers. The eXuv300 is expected to be on the market in about a year. Both vehicles are based on the Mahindra Electric Scalable Modular Architecture or MESMA platform. However, the company could consider a much larger electric vehicle as the flag bearer for the upcoming dedicated EV platform.

Given the recent hype about the upcoming Mahindra XUV700We can’t help but speculate that the first vehicle the new EV platform is based on could be an electrified version of the XUV700. The platform will be completely different from the W601 platform of the ICE-based XUV700. However, the name could be used along with some interior and exterior styling elements for the first EV based on this upcoming platform. Details are scarce right now and things are certainly at a speculative stage. However, it will be very interesting to see how Mahindra’s EV business develops over the years.

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